Turn Around

We were outside enjoying the sun and building a new fence when Brian said, “Fly”.

I hate to admit this but first I blew it off like it was one of his scripts.  He’s talking a lot these days!  However, it’s 90% in scripts, just repeating movie lines over and over and over again.  He has a lot of flying scripts from Buzz Lightyear and Fly Me to the Moon.

However, he looked right into my eyes and repeated it.

I asked him if he wanted to fly and he responded, “Yuh!”.

I picked him up quickly right over my head and put him back down on the ground.

He looked puzzled and I could tell that wasn’t exactly what he wanted.

He looked at me, scrunched up his face as he thought and then said, “Turn Around”.

Turn Around?!?!?  One, a phrase I’ve never heard him say.  Two, he was able to say it very clearly even around those obstacles of autism and apraxia.  Three, he TOLD me what he WANTED.  Something novel, something fun that he just thought of, something we haven’t practiced for months and months for him to learn.

I could only spin him around a few times before he became too heavy.  But he seemed content.

And I was more than content as I walked around with a grin for hours after as I kept replaying those two little words over and over again in my head.

Heather Nelson

About Heather Nelson

Heather resides in Rockland where she is busy juggling life as a newlywed, a mom to two boys (one of which who has autism), a part time job in direct sales, and a full-time job as a pediatric occupational therapy assistant. She has a love for live music, karaoke, and cheering on the underdogs.